Kyrgyzstan: Political Mystery Lingering Into Election Year

Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev during his marathon year-end news conference on December 1, 2016. Atambayev, who is limited by the constitution to just one term in office, noted at the news conference that he would like to see the next president coming from what he termed the “systemic opposition.” But political observers suspect that whoever Atambayev’s successor turns out to be, the status quo will be maintained. (Photo: Kyrgyzstani Presidential Press Service)

As Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev enters his last year in office, mystery lingers over who will succeed him, and how much power that person will end up wielding.
 

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Aktan Rysaliev is a pseudonym for a journalist based in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Kyrgyzstan: Political Mystery Lingering Into Election Year

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